What could your slides look like when you apply the ideas that I share? Below are the latest makeovers I have done that share a before and after look at real-world slides. I discuss my thinking and provide some lessons for presenters when faced with communicating a similar message. Below the most recent makeovers is a link to see previous makeovers. For examples of visuals that can be used to communicate financial data or analysis, see FinancialViz.com.
Use a line graph instead of a clustered column graph to show trends
Compare multiple data series across multiple categories using small multiple bar graphs
Use a trick in a stacked bar chart in Excel or PowerPoint to create a graph that visually shows the range of values.
Use a diverging stacked bar chart to make the changes in two groups of segments easier for the audience to understand
Use a stacked bar chart instead of two pie charts for comparing groups broken down into segments
A line graph is easier to see trends in multiple data series than a stacked column graph
Add callouts to help the audience understand the key messages when you are forced to show a large spreadsheet on a slide
Communicate decisions and outcomes with a decision tree diagram instead of a numbered list
It is too easy to jump dump a ton of data on a slide and hope the audience figures out what it means. This makeover shows what can be done with a huge table of data to make it meaningful to the audience. Click here to watch the video on slideshare (home or corporate...
Presenters often struggle with how to make large numbers easy for the audience to understand. This makeover shows how using a four step process can create a visual that makes it easy for the audience to grasp the importance and magnitude of a large number. Click here...
A pie chart is better than a data table to show proportions in data. This makeover takes it the next step to show how a proportional diagram can be more effective than a pie chart in some situations. Click here to watch the video on YouTube
Too often presenters overwhelm audiences with details using a spreadsheet copied on to a slide. This makeover shows how you can reveal details in levels so the audience can follow your message easier. Click here to watch the video on YouTube